Instagram Emoji

Emojis have changed the way we express ourselves through chat. Their ever increasing use has made them inevitable for any smartphone. To define, an emoji (or emoticon) is a small digital image or icon used to express an idea or emotion in electronic communication. In this article, I am going to tell you how to add emoji to instagram. Instagram is fun with emoji!

There are separate methods for Android, iOS and Windows Phone – and I have added’em all!

But first, here are some good reasons why emojis are important.

Kind Attention: Instagram doesn’t have a new set of emoji which are EXCLUSIVE FOR THE APP. Rather, it just supports the use of the default emojis you see everywhere. This article just teaches you how to add emojis, rather than talking about a new series altogether!

3 Not-so-serious Reasons Why You Need That Emoji

Can you guess what is the ‘Word of the Year 2015’ declared by Oxford? Surprisingly, it isn’t even a word! It is this:

Oxford Word Of The Year 2015 (Instagram Emoji)

No, no, no! Oxford isn’t drunk! Their declaration simply reflects the increasing use of these tiny creatures in our daily lives.

Facebook’s recent introduction of reactions is another food example of this fact!

Facebook Reactions

Here are some other strong reasons why you actually need to use that emoji:

1. Emoji expresses

To emoji is to express. These small icons express your thoughts and feelings better (as you can see in the definition itself). Adding an emoji within a statement reveals your feelings to the receiver.

2. Emoji can substitute words

Nothing much to say on this. Look at the below image:

Emoji Substitutes Words

As you can see, emoji can substitute for a word, and you shouldn’t be surprised if I tell you that emoji is actually meant to substitute a word. In case you’re using word and an emoji for the same thing altogether, it’s time to correct yourself.

3. Emoji is fun

Some things are just meant for fun! You might just need an emoji because it’s fun using it while chatting with your friend, or updating a Facebook status or even using them in an instagram bio!

Instagram Emoji For Android

As of today, Android is the most popular operating system for smartphones. Being known for its variety, it is quite obvious that the methods to add emoji on Instagram would vary for different smartphones. There are basically three cases and your Android smartphone would definitely fit into one.

Case 1: Your smartphone doesn’t read emoji

Your smartphone might fit into this category if it’s quite old. You need to test whether or not your smartphone can read emoji. Here is what you can do:

  1. Open Wikipedia’s Emoji Page (Unicode Blocks Section).
  2. See if you can view those emojis. If you can see most of them, read cases 2 and 3. If not, you can still download and use apps that support emojis such as WhatsApp.

If your device supports emoji, you will see something like this:
Supports EmojiIf not, you will see something like this:Doesn't Support Emoji Make sure you perform this test in the default browser. Some other browsers might not support emoji even if your device does!

How to use emoji for Instagram when your device doesn’t support emoji?

It’s quite difficult to get going in this case. I suppose only copy-paste would work in such a case. Copy an emoji from a working app (such as WhatsApp) and paste it in your Instagram bio. Even though you may not be able to see them, your followers actually would.

Case 2: Your smartphone has an inbuilt emoji keyboard

If your smartphone has an inbuilt emoji keyboard, there’s nothing to do at all! In most cases, you can add an emoji by pressing the small emoji button in your keyboard.

For smartphones such as the Nexus series, you need to enable the emoji keyboard first. Follow the below steps for the same:

  1. Open Settings in your smartphone
  2. Scroll down and choose Language & Input
  3. Enable the iWnn IME keyboard.

Using iWnn IME - Instagram Emoji

How to use emoji for Instagram using iWnn IME/device keyboard?

Whenever you need to use an emoji, choose ‘iWnn IME’ as the input method through the navigation bar, or press the space bar key to select it. For other smartphones having emoji keyboard, you already know what to do!

Here’s one example (It’s my phone, and I practically show you how to add emoji on Instagram):

Default Device Keyboard

Case 3: Your smartphone doesn’t have an emoji keyboard (but supports emoji)

You need to download an external keyboard that supports emoji – As simple as that. You can try:

1. SwiftKey Keyboard

SwiftKey keyboard is an extremely popular keyboard just because of its customization. You are bound not to get bored with its unique designs. It boasts of over 50 million downloads.

Here you can see SwiftKey Keyboard in action at Instagram:

SwiftKey Keyboard

2. Swype

Swype, like SwiftKey is highly customizable. It has some unique designs you won’t find in SwiftKey. But the catch is that, you get all these features in the paid version. The free version has them for 30 days though.

Here’s how it works on Instagram:

Swype Keyboard

Instagram Emoji For iOS

There’s practically nothing to do in iOS. Your iOS smartphone already has a built in keyboard which allows you to insert emojis between texts! Alternatively, you can try other apps that let you do this, such as Emoji.

Instagram Emoji for Windows Phone

Like iOS, there’s nothing to do here either! Windows Phone Keyboard has emoji support, and you do not need to download anything to get started.

What Instagram support says about Emoji support?

Instagram support has given a word on this subject. Though Instagram doesn’t let you add emojis through their app (like WhatsApp), you can use an external keyboard or just manual copy-paste. For iOS and Windows Phone, the situation is straight forward. But for Android, the devices not having emoji-support won’t be able to see them.

Final Words

I hope this tutorial to add emoji to Instagram turned out to be helpful. I have tried my best to list out all possible methods and solutions for enabling the emoji-support.

I would appreciate if you share this article on Facebook, Twitter etc.!

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